This year, I really wanted to get an interview with somebody who was not a friend or an acquaintance as I found out last year that it didn’t really help me understand my eminent better. The best way to do it would be to find somebody as close to your eminent as possible. Seeing as Monet has been dead for nearly a century, I figured his relatives wouldn’t know too much about him. I went down another step to the art historians and biographers. Through their extensive research into Monet’s life they might be able to give me some insight on Monet as a person.
My first email was sent to the Vancouver Art Gallery, seeing as they had put together a spectacular exhibit on Claude Monet the year before. For several days there was no reply. I assumed that they either ignored my email or that it didn’t go through.
My next email was sent to a Canadian biographer named Ross King who had written a book called Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies. I didn’t really expect a reply either, but as I was searching for more people who had in-depth understandings of Claude Monet Mr. King replied saying that he would love to talk about Monet.
Dear Mr. King,
By the time I had secured the interview and had set a day and time, the Vancouver Art Gallery finally replied. An office assistant told me that the curators were too busy for the interview and provided with some additional resources, including information which had been used in the actual exhibition.
I had thought the interview would be quite quick— a famous author wouldn’t want to bother with a high school student, right? I was wrong. My home phone ran out of battery halfway into the interview, and I had to run and grab another fully charged phone. Then, Mr. King talked for another 30 minutes. I was overwhelmed and impressed with the sheer amount of information he gave me. Questions such as “How did the deaths of Camille and Alice affect Monet?” gave me elaborate answers and extensive knowledge.
This is the link to my notes from the interview. They’re kind of a mess but I think they’ll definitely help anyone interested in Monet.
I was really blown away by this interview and was really glad to have done this. Last year I didn’t know who to interview and ended up with an acquaintance who didn’t give me any insight into my eminent person. I was glad to have done this not only for eminent, but out of my own love for Monet. If I had any advice to pass on to this year’s nines it would be to keep trying, and not be nervous or afraid of conducting your interview. You’ll get so, so much more out of your eminent person study if you enjoy it!